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UK jobless rate rises to highest since early 2016

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Britain’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1% in the last three months of 2020, official data showed, its highest since the first quarter of 2016 but still a lot lower than it would have been without the government’s coronavirus jobs support scheme.

Separate data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of employees on company payrolls in January rose by 83,000 from December. (Reporting by William Schomberg and David Milliken; Editing by Kate Holton)

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